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WIAW – Pre-Race Meals

 

Although I eat a fairly high in complex carbohydrate diet on a daily basis, I still make adjustments to what I eat in preparation for races.

Let’s take a look at what I ate last Friday, the day before I ran the Aspire 10k race. Even though I handle fiber extremely well and can totally run on veggies, I wanted to skip eating vegetables completely before the race because I do think that I run better (and feel lighter) without them.

Breakfast:

I had my usual pre and post run bowls of oatmeal (only pre-run bowl is pictured today) with a few cups of my new favorite coffee. The Stew Leonard’s Donut Shop Blend is so good! It’s noticeably better than the Trader Joe’s K Cups I had been drinking every morning.

oatmeal and coffee

My post-run bowl of oatmeal looked the same as the above only it had banana, Skoop B-Strong and egg whites mixed in 🙂

Lunch:

My initial plan for lunch was to have an open-faced sandwich on toasted cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread with one half peanut butter and banana and the other half eggs with avocado but then I found myself out for an early lunch before picking up my number for the race.

I like to be flexible about what I eat so even though this change in lunch plans fell on a day that I was trying to eat certain foods before the race, I knew I could still eat something perfect to fill my lunch needs.

I switched my lunch mindset from the above plan to the below bowl of baked oatmeal (which is served with warmed milk – it’s so cute). Maureen’s Kitchen has THE BEST baked oatmeal there is, even better than the baked oatmeal from the Premiere Diner.

Maureen's Kitchen Baked Oatmeal

There’s a part of me that wants to figure out how to make this baked oatmeal at home and the other part of me knows there is no way I would come close to replicating it! It’s like a big bowl of mashed up muffin, total carby goodness.

Previous posts at Maureen’s Kitchen here and here.

Dinner:

All I could think about for dinner was a big plate of sweet potato wedges with avocado. I sliced and roasted a large sweet potato plus a regular potato and topped the wedges with some barbecue sauce and mashed avocado. So so good.

roasted potatoes

It’s not pretty but it’s certainly delicious. I could eat this for dinner every night and not grow tired of it.

Dessert:

We suddenly started eating Vitalicious VitaTops again. I bought a random package of the double chocolate muffin tops on sale recently and since my son has been enjoying them so much, we placed an order from the website and split it with my parents. I know I can make my own version of these muffin tops but sometimes I just don’t feel like it!

Lately I warm up a muffin top and then top it with sliced bananas, strawberries and Midnight Moo (the chocolate syrup from Trader Joe’s).

Vitamuffin Dessert

How I felt during the race:

As you know from my recap, I felt great even though it was pouring raining on me. My stomach may have felt a little lighter from the lack of vegetables although who really knows for sure. As I said, I can run just fine on fiber but I do think it’s worth it to me to skip eating vegetables in the day or days leading up to a race.

What I will do differently for the half marathon…

A half marathon is much more serious for me in terms of what I eat in advance especially for the upcoming half in May which usually involves warmer temperatures.

In addition to being carb-focused, I will probably add:

Salt. More salt will be added to my diet in the days leading up to the race, especially if it’s hot out by then!

Tomato soup. I did really well running the Runner’s World Hat Trick of races when I had tomato soup with a sandwich as dinner both nights before the races. It’s possible that my pre-race dinner will be a nice big plate of roasted potato wedges with a side of tomato soup.

Watermelon. I meant to eat watermelon last Friday but ran out of it in the house and did not have time to get to the store. Watermelon makes a huge difference in my hydration levels and how I feel overall.

Pizza. I usually have pizza two nights before the race or the night before – I think it will all depend on our weekend plans.

Lots of water. Because waiting to hydrate the day of the race is too late!

Less vegetables. By the Wednesday before the half, I will probably cut down my vegetable intake significantly and then down to none.

Bananas, Sweet Potatoes and Oatmeal. You know, just more of the usual.

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Are you good about being flexible when your meal plans change at the last-minute?

Favorite pre-race foods/meals?

Have you had Vitalicious muffin tops?

 

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  • Michele @ paleorunningmomma April 6, 2016, 5:53 am

    I have to start figuring out what I need to bring to Boston for pre race fuel! I can be flexible but not SO flexible that I can go empty-handed. Good reminder. Love that dinner and I agree sweet potatoes and avocado are a winning combo I’d never grow tired of.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles April 6, 2016, 5:57 am

      I know we eat totally differently but you can read my runners world hat trick post of what I ate – I packed so much food for me and ate it all – maybe it would help generate your planning ideas? probably not but maybe. You are so good at planning and packing portable food, I know you can do it! lots of bananas and prefried plantains, roasted sweet potato wedges – those are my suggestions for you 🙂

  • Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine April 6, 2016, 6:37 am

    I also do fine with eating veggies before a run but I tend to skip them before a race. I might eat them at lunch the day before and just not at dinner. I wouldn’t say I’m great at being flexible when a meal plan changes. If I am really looking forward to something it’s hard to switch gears mentally and get in the mood for something else!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles April 7, 2016, 12:56 pm

      when it comes to dessert, I am not as flexible! lol if I have a dessert in mind, no way am I going to change that unless the other option is equally as appealing.

  • Marina @ Snackie Bird April 6, 2016, 6:46 am

    I don`t run the race, but I love eat carb-y goodies before my run. Dates, banana and oats are my favorite. I am sooo typical runner 😀
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  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes April 6, 2016, 8:33 am

    I love potatoes the day before a race! I skip out on veggies and any dairy the day before and don’t eat anything like hummus or lentils several days prior. Lots of salt, bananas, and coconut water are musts for electrolytes.
    That baked oatmeal looks fantastic!
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  • Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood April 6, 2016, 8:53 am

    Your dessert looks so, so good. I’ve been know to just chop up some potatoes and go to town for dinner – sometimes it’s the best!
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  • Susie @ Suzlyfe April 6, 2016, 10:05 am

    I used to love the Vitalicious muffin tops–but I would only buy them on sale. They used to make/sell a muffin MIX that was fantastic. It was blueberry bran and amazing.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles April 7, 2016, 12:55 pm

      I don’t think I saw the mix but I did just sample a cranberry bran one and it was really good!

  • Emily April 6, 2016, 10:07 am

    Ooh, you’ve made me want to try Vitatops! I’ve never had them, but I’ve seen them so many places, and the top of a muffin is always my favorite part.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles April 7, 2016, 12:54 pm

      I really like them! they aren’t cheap but if you order online they do give a discount.

  • Jen@bubblyrunner.com April 6, 2016, 10:39 am

    I love a slice of Ezekiel cinnamon raisin toast with almond butter (and sometimes 1/2 banana) as a pre-race meal, but I’d like to start trying oatmeal since I love it so much. The night before I race I try and keep it simple with roasted chicken and potatoes. I can usually handle veggies okay but definitely cut down my intake.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles April 7, 2016, 12:48 pm

      I prefer the oatmeal to the Ezekiel slice just because I stay full longer – otherwise they are both great options taste-wise for me!

  • Alyssa @ renaissancerunnergirl April 6, 2016, 10:39 am

    I’ve learned to eat fewer veggies the day before a race too, especially in summer when I usually load up on refreshing salads, and also to increase the melon/berries because I’ve decreased veggies and other fibrous produce (though it breaks me to limit to 1 apple a day!) to ensure enough water intake.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles April 7, 2016, 12:48 pm

      I definitely increase the watermelon consumption, especially as it warms up to stay hydrated

  • Sarah @pickyrunner April 6, 2016, 11:09 am

    I never really put much thought into pre-race meals but I do cut back on salads/excessive veggies. Growing up, my swim meal was grilled chicken, a big plate of pasta, and some green beans. Actually, that was my everyday meal HA when I was really young I would eat McDonald’s and somehow that would be the days I swam my best. Pizza is also another go-to for me. But anything high in protein seems to propel me since I don’t get a lot of protein in my everyday diet.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles April 7, 2016, 12:47 pm

      I think I am in the mood for pizza for tonight! I may need to pick it up

  • Fiona April 6, 2016, 2:06 pm

    I love your sweet potato and avocado dinner – I was trying to figure a dinner last night that had those 2 elements but think you just solved my problem 😉 I’m pretty habitual with what I eat before and around races & it’s probably as much to do with routine, calming nerves and settling myself as it is with having the right fuel inside. Pasta bake with tomato sauce and aubergine is the eve before dinner.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles April 7, 2016, 12:46 pm

      I love sweet potatoes with avocado- wish I had an avocado that was ripe in the house right now!

  • GiGi Eats April 7, 2016, 12:18 am

    Your dinner is like me and butternut squash – which is exactly what I did this evening. Sometimes I just need a HUGE PLATEFUL!!!! No shame in that game!
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